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1infjsarah
Ago 24, 2008, 5:38 am

This group has gotten a bit quiet recently!
So here's my question.
Has anyone successfully made a career change? I am particularly interested in any introverted intuitives who might have done so.
Are you happier in your new career? Or did you simply take with you?, your restlessness, your feeling of not achieving anything worthwhile, your feeling of being ignored despite your best efforts. Do you know that people see you as reliable but boring?

I have been in the same career for 20 years and I am completely bored with it as well as thinking it doesn't have a future.
But I can never think of an alternative career to try.
I like problem solving and I am OK with PCs. I often wish I'd been good at science but I'm not. My talents lie with written words.

So I'd love to know if anyone has managed to change career.

Thanks

2saxhorn
Ago 24, 2008, 8:07 am

I was a teacher for over 25 years. The last few were pretty unfulfilling for me and quite stressful. In February I began working in a public library. I found that I liked the environment (and it's not always quiet and sedate) and the work. As a teacher you work mostly by yourself all day (except for the students, of course) and like a stay-at-home mom long for adult conversation. But at the library I interact with the staff and adult patrons all day. I found that I liked helping the adult patrons a lot. So, I've enrolled in a MLS program to make librarianship my next profession.

I'm one of the friendly NF's, so the social interchange is important, as is the need to do something significant, the new challenge, and lifelong learning.

3saxhorn
Ago 24, 2008, 8:11 am

infjsarah, I just checked out your profile. Is it ironic that I've had all the feelings that you describe and chose librarianship for a new and fulfilling profession, while you ARE a career librarian seeking greener pastures. I read your earlier post and thought, "You sound like someone who would be good in a library." Isn't amazing what our infj personalities will do?

4infjsarah
Ago 25, 2008, 10:44 am

saxhorn - Aaargh - no please don't tell me I'm eminently suitable to be a librarian - been there, done that - want to burn the T-shirt.
I still enjoy the remaining small research aspect of being a librarian but the rest of it makes me want to scream.

5saxhorn
Ago 25, 2008, 1:13 pm

Ya know, I think we all just need a new career to excite us again. Something new to learn and master. So, what will you try?